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Role of the Registrar General

The Office of the Registrar General is a regulator and policy and legal advisor working to ensure the integrity of the NSW land title system.

A primary function of the NSW land title system is to provide a secure framework for the safe and efficient development of and trade in real property in NSW. The system does this by enabling the registration of the legal rights of owners of land in NSW.

Nearly all land held by private persons in NSW is held in the Torrens Title Register which was introduced in 1863 and provides land owners and those who wish to deal with land, with proof and security of ownership. The Torrens Title Register defines the ownership and boundaries of properties and records changes as they are registered.

Legal rights registered in the Torrens Title Register are protected by a State Government Guarantee and contains information in relation to current ownership and encumbrances on the land such as mortgages, leases and easements.

Key aspects of the Registrar General’s role include:

  • Advice on land title policy and legal matters
  • Oversight of the operations of the land title Registry
  • Independent arbitration of disputed title boundaries
  • Driver of economic reforms in land titling such as e-conveyancing.

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